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Potential Consequences of a California Drug Possession Charge

The potential consequence for a Los Angeles Drug Possession charge, varies upon several different factors. Consequently, the final sentence will be different for each defendant and will fall within a wide spectrum.s

California Health and Safety Code 11357 states that anyone found carrying concentrated cannabis may be penalized by not more than a year in county jail, and/or a $500 fine. In certain situations, a defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in State Prison.

Someone who is found with more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrate cannabis will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by no more than $100 fine for a first offense. For offenses other than the first offense, the final sentence will be towards the harsher end of the spectrum in comparison to the first offense which will be on the lower end. Anyone found carrying more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis will be guilty of a felony and sentenced up to six months in county jail and/or up to a $500 fine. Similarly to a misdemeanor charge, a second or third offense will be treated with a stricter punishment.

A Judge will consider the facts of the specific case, Prosecution’s argument and the powerful defense provided by a Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney. An experienced attorney will get to work immediately preparing a powerful argument that portrays you in the most positive light. At Hoffman and Associations we have been representing clients on drug possession charges all over Southern California for over 30 years. We have a solid reputation after handling thousands of cases similar to yours so that you have the confidence you want in a criminal attorney and see the results you want!